Questions 285: Recurring Heroes and Melodrama

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Charles asks:
“How do you keep an adventure series with a central character fresh?”

Resources:
NCIS
Magnum, P.I.
The A Team
Dudley Do-Right
Star Wars
Poetics by Aristotle
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 284: More Thoughts on Exclusivity

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“What are your thoughts on my KDP Select strategy? How does exclusivity work in a good business strategy?”

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Questions 283: All About Pulp

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Charles asks:
“What’s the big deal about pulp? What did the pulp writers do right? What did they do wrong? What can we learn?”

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Resources:
The Rocketeer
The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Backward Mule by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Pulp Jungle The Definitive History of the Pulp Era
The Invaders Plan by L. Ron Hubbard
The Robert Silverberg Science Fiction Megapack
Doc Savage: The Sinster Shadow by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Alaska by James Michner
Exodus by Leon Uris

Deep Characterization 4: Authority Styles

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring how a character’s relationship to hierarchy effects the way that character expresses, develops, and interacts with characters with other orientations.

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 281: Character Heavy, Plot Heavy, Character-driven, Plot-driven

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Michael asks:
“What’s the difference between a story that’s plot-heavy, plot-driven, character-heavy, and character-driven?”

Resources mentioned:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Romancing the Stone
Die Hard

Questions 279: Save the Darlings!!!

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Chris asks:
“If storytelling is a gut instinct, should we still kill our darlings?”

Resources mentioned:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Republic by Plato
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn by Piers Anthony
Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

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